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The Souris School District was established formally, in Souris, in 1884. Originally occupying a wood frame structure, the school moved into a two-storey, brick building in 1894, designed by Brandon architect Walter Henderson Shillinglaw. In 1912, a second school building intended as a Collegiate, designed by architects Thomas Sinclair and Carter Hawkins Brindle, was erected by contractor Alfred Edward Bullock.
In January 1960, the school became Souris Consolidated School No. 2388 when it was consolidated with several districts from the surrounding countryside, including Breezelawn School No. 169, Riverview School No. 279, Whitefield School No. 473, Botany School No. 486, Huntingdon School No. 542, and Wolflea School No. 590. As other rural schools closed, such as Lily School No. 382, their students came here too.
The collegiate building was demolished in 1960 but the original building continued to be used until at least the 1990s. It too was eventually demolished.
Henry Lamont Adolph (1862-1940)
J. W. Edwards
John F. Walker
John Wentworth “Buckshot” Beckett (1870-1953)
Thomas Lewis Arnett (1873-1952)
Charles Andrews Huston (1876-1922)
Samuel Henry Forrest (1873-1963)
Harry Harvey Greenway (1879-1906)
Joseph William Gordon (1868-1954)
James Erron Stanley Dunlop (1882-1945)
Robert McKay Stevenson (1882-1970)
Sydney E. Clark (1880-1963)
William Dakin (c1873-?)
J. E. Cooper
Grace Frances Huntley (1891-1977)
C. J. Burrows
Melvin T. Woods
Wallace Henry McIntyre (1904-1960)
George E. Pickard
George Archibald Coulthard (1890-1964)
Maurice Raphael [Ray] Loree (1910-?)
Walter Humphrey Wilfred Walker (1908-1974)
Bertha E. Nelson
Samuel Alfred Wright (1900-1966)
James Alvin Leslie (?-1973)
J. J. Gisinger
Wilfrid Laurier “Laurie” Tomasson (c1920-1998)
The early teachers at Souris School were Reverend J. M. Harrison (1883), George A. Crostwaite (1884), Louise Lynch (Spring 1885), Louisa Butch (Fall 1885), P. McTavish (Fall 1885), Henry Lamont Adolph (Spring 1886 - Spring 1887), John A. McKay (Fall 1887), ? (1888), and Henry Lamont Adolph (1889).
Henry Lamont Adolph (senior grades, spring), J. W. Edwards (senior grades, fall), Georgina Nesbitt (spring), Minnie Steele (fall)
J. W. Edwards (senior grades), Lizzie L. Nichol (fall), Minnie Steele (spring)
J. W. Edwards (senior grades), Alice H. Wood
John F. Walker (senior grades), Alice H. Wood
John Wentworth Beckett (senior grades), W. W. Bride (spring), B. Hunter (fall), Martha Slater (fall), Alice H. Wood (spring)
John Wentworth Beckett (senior grades), Celia Calder, Belle Foster (fall), B. D. Hunter (spring), Martha J. Slater
Celia Calder, A. Colridge (spring), Jessie Dickie (spring), Lina DuVal (fall), Samuel Henry Forrest (senior grades, fall), Charles Andrews Huston (senior grades, spring), Martha J. Slater, Mary Stuart (fall)
Celia Calder (spring), Lina DuVal, Samuel Henry Forrest (senior grades), Maude McCrossan (fall), Martha J. Slater, Mary Stuart
Other teachers at Souris School included William John Wallace, George Love Dibblee, Richard “Dick” Moore, Eliza Briggs Dolmage (c1915-1922), Frank Harder (1930s), Leonore Cowie (1947-1948), Ila Clark Lang (1947-1953), Charles Middlemiss Langford, and Robert McIlroy “Bob” Cross.
Postcard view of Souris Collegiate, right, and Public School, left (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0037
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.62118, W100.25712
denoted by symbol on the map above
“Souris,” Western Sun [Brandon], 7 July 1898, page 1.
“Souris,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 August 1900, page 2.
“School Board meets,” Brandon Daily Sun, 18 July 1901, page 4.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Brandon firm given contract,” Brandon Sun, 1 June 1911, page 2.
One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.
Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.
Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 August 2023
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